Steve Kuncewicz and i paper discuss if microchipping employees to track their performance at work is legal

14 Nov 2018

Could employees in the UK be about to be microchipped by their bosses?

Some workers in Sweden have been getting microchips planted under their skin in a”relatively painless” procedure to be used in their offices.

The technology, which is more commonly seen in cats and dogs, could be used in the UK by businesses who want to boost security and stop employees accessing sensitive areas, according to a recent article in The Telegraph.

While more than 4,000 people in the Nordic country are reported to have had a chip implanted under their skin, only one man in the UK has decided to do it to date. But could getting a tiny microchip planted under your skin become commonplace in the UK, and if so, could it be legal?

“Monitoring someone in this inherently invasive way is going to take quite a lot of work to justify,” BLM partner Steve Kuncewicz told i. 

“When you have a database that contains inherently risky information, the real risk is when you’re at the wrong end of the data breach and it results in a number of civil claims from the employees in question.

“Unless someone is a big fan of Terminator 3, I can’t imagine there’ll be enough incentive for workers to get chipped.”

Read the article in full here.

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Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to customers of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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